Lady Jays battle hard in Soccer play last week
TINA L. SCOTT
Fast feet were working the ball at Wausau West on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, when the Merrill Girls Varsity Soccer Team traveled to West for a game against a tough team.
“West is a solid team and proved why they’re sitting in the top three in conference,” Girls Varsity Soccer Coach Kyle Hahn said. “Defensively, they were stifling and held us to zero shots on goal. Offensively, they moved the ball well from side to side and weren’t afraid to commit numbers forward.”
“Reggie Lahti had her hands full throughout the game, but did well to contain West’s players on the right,” he said.
“McKenna Smith and Amelia Skoviera continue to play a crucial role for us in their center back positions, and Anna Bowe had another solid game in goal, racking up 12 saves on the day.”
Merrill 0 @ Wausau West 5
The Marshfield Varsity Soccer Team made the trip to Merrill for a May 5 game against the Lady Jays.
“Another tight conference contest for us,” Hahn said. “We were defensively solid throughout, save for one lapse in focus on a corner kick in the second half.” Marshfield made their one lone score at 56:07 in the second half, despite making 13 shots on goal, 12 of which Merrill blocked. Merrill made three shots on goal during the game but couldn’t land the score.
“Getting through the entire first half without giving up a goal is a testament to the hard work the girls have been putting in,” Hahn said. “They’ve certainly stepped up to the challenge of playing more aggressively, which is certainly paying off.”
“Morgan Schmidt has really provided some extra grit for us in midfield, and Telina Marmorat did an outstanding job filling in at right back for an injured Ally Hoock.”
“Anna Bowe made a number of good saves on the night and she’s been doing a great job of being more active and cutting attacks off before they become more problematic,” Hahn said.
Merrill 0, Marshfield 1